Upholstery shipments from China plumbed new depths at the end of the first quarter as the impact of early-year factory closures in the Far East took their toll.

The U.K. Government is to guarantee business-to-business transactions currently supported by Trade Credit Insurance, a decision that could prevent some furniture retailers from toppling over.

Chris Woodcock is to retire as managing director at Wade Spring, a key supplier to the U.K.'s sofa and bedding industry, after 33 years with the business.

Wayfair was not alone in seeing demand almost double in April with one of its biggest pan-European rivals seeing a similar upswing in demand as more customers stayed home and shopped online.

Large pan-European furniture retailer Beliani — whose operations include a dedicated U.K. storefront — has become one of the first major home ecommerce businesses to accept cryptocurrency payments.

With stores shut and warehouses full-to-the-brim with stock from orders taken in the first two months of the year, a leap in cancellations has been among furniture retailers' biggest fears amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Floorcoverings and furnishings distributor Designer Contracts, a major supplier to the housebuilder industry, doubled profits last year after a large spike in output.

Casper Sleep, the direct-to-consumer mattress business that will exit the U.K. market at the end of this year, maintained upward sales momentum at the beginning of Q2 despite the closure of its store channel.

Sleepeezee is among the first of Britain's heavyweight manufacturers to resume production having introduced new safety measures spanning the reorganisation of its factory to the issue of personal protective equipment (PPE) for employees.

David Woodward, founder and director of upscale sofa maker and logistics company Celtheath, has been installed as the 59th Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company, the industry's dedicated charity and livery company.

BFM, the British Furniture Manufacturers, says the Government's decision to extend the Job Retention Scheme has avoided a "looming cliff edge" for U.K. manufacturers.

Studio, the major general merchandise retailer that is transitioning from paper to digital distance selling, has appointed a new trading director with more than 15 years' senior experience.

Retail giant B&Q said sales fell by more than a fifth in the three months to end April but have recovered sharply after it re-opened its stores with new safety protocols in place.

Having reshaped Britain's beds market in short order, the direct-to-consumer rolled-and-folded mattress segment is morphing again, at pace.

Pin-Wen Hung, the sole director and shareholder in Bedfordshire wholesaler Your China, has acquired the mattress and bedding business of Breasley through a newly-formed company.

June 1 has been pencilled in by many U.K. furniture retailers as the earliest possible re-opening date after the Prime Minister announced the Government's plan to begin easing lockdown restrictions.

An affiliate of Healthcare Co., the Chinese conglomerate behind the Mlily brand, is to increase its stake in British direct-to-consumer mattress brand Otty Sleep.

The owner of a five-store floorcoverings warehouse chain in the South East of England incorporated a new business ahead of the placing of an existing enterprise into liquidation last month.

Swedish beds conglomerate Hilding Anders has wrapped up the sale of its upmarket British bedroom furniture chain Feather & Black.

HTL, sold to a major Chinese furniture group five years ago and one of the largest makers of sofas sold in Britain, could change hands again according to reports in the Far East.

Consumer attitudes to big-ticket spending improved at the end of last month but it remains to be seen whether it represented the start of a recovery or a dead cat bounce.

Former Eve Sleep CEO James Sturrock will this week join floorcoverings retailer Tapi Carpets as its new leader, according to The Telegraph.

At least 12 of Debenhams' 142-store U.K. retail portfolio will not re-open following its latest restructuring exercise after it announced a further five shop closures.

Management at mattress and foam group Breasley say the business is targeting a factory reopening Monday as a hoped-for prepack administration process nears its conclusion.

Consolidation of the U.K. compressed mattress segment will accelerate after bed-in-a-box business Leesa Sleep became the latest to cease operations in Europe.

Balta, Europe's largest textile flooring manufacturer and a major supplier to the U.K. carpet market, says it will start ramping up production in June but warned it won't be operating at full capacity any time soon.

Upholstery inflation at the factory gate was in negative territory for an eighth straight month at the end first quarter, dropping to its shallowest level on record.

The Yorkshire wool supplier that ceded control of Axminster Carpet earlier this year booked a bigger loss for the period that led up to its spring 2019 restructure, but made inroads into debt.

The future of the Breasley mattress and foam conversion group will be finalised imminently after Duff & Phelps were formally installed as administrators late last week.

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Higher costs and a slight fall in sales meant profits were lower but still class-leading at South East furniture retailer Vale Furnishers last year.

Equity holders subscribing for newly-issued shares have taken total investment in the now-five-year-old floorcoverings retail chain Tapi Carpets to well over £50 million.

Revenue climbed sharply in the first quarter of 2020 for the acquisitive conglomerate behind the Mlily mattress brand.

Ecommerce giant Wayfair has near doubled sales since lockdowns were introduced across the markets it operates, as customers shifted spending to the Internet for home goods.

Sweden's Nobia kitchen conglomerate says its U.K. business, headlined by retail chain Magnet, has experienced the worst impact from Government shelter-in-place orders.

Sealy U.K.'s manufacturing plant at Aspatria in Cumbria is to close, the company has announced, putting more than 250 jobs at risk.

Strong orders late last year and into the early part of 2020 helped upholstery brand Stressless achieve high revenue growth in the U.K. and Ireland in the first quarter despite late March pandemic disruption.

Strachan, the direct-to-consumer maker of fitted bedroom, home office and living room furniture, booked higher profits and bolstered cash last year after it grew sales.

Organisers of The Malaysian International Furniture Fair have given up their bid to host the event this year, cancelling its already-revised 2020 edition fearing travel disruption.

New finance chief for £50m vendor of Sheraton, Mackintosh, English Rose and Chippendale brands.

A small Cheshire wholesaler of household goods including bedroom storage is in administration and up for sale despite wiping out earlier deficits in recent years.

Home department store group Leekes has begun a partial reopening of its retail portfolio, starting with two of its units in Wales to shoppers seeking selected product lines.

The majority of the off-price department store chain TJ Hughes was sold for £24.4 million ahead of the residual nine-store business being restructured via a prepack deal earlier this spring.

Heavy investment above and below the line took the edge off the impact of a tough bed market for Leeds mattress and components manufacturer Harrison Spinks last year.

Italian furniture company Natuzzi says the possible delisting of its publicly-traded shares from the New York Stock Exchange will not have an impact on its day-to-day operations.

David Tyler, former chairman at retail giant Sainsbury's, has been appointed to the same post at furniture, home and apparel business The White Company.

Exit from Internet furniture, home and lifestyle retailer coincides with appointment in the aviation services sector.

Four-store furniture and home accents retailer Graham and Green says it believes it has enough cash to survive the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic but it is still talking to bankers regarding securing additional finance in case the situation doesn't improve.

The loss of business due to Covid-19 has changed retail mindsets towards the Internet, according to the boss of the world's biggest bed company.

General merchandise retailer Argos, one of the largest retailers of beds and furniture in the U.K., says its bulky goods home category has suffered despite overall sales spiking since the end of February.

Habitat is to strengthen ties with its parent company J Sainsbury under plans to raise interest in and extend the product catalogue of the iconic furniture and home accents brand.

Worldwide order intake in April fell 55 percent according to Tempur Sealy International, the world's largest bedding manufacturer, with the second half of the month improving on the first.

Westbridge, one of Europe's largest upholstery producers, is to make personal protective equipment (PPE) for the NHS, as it joins the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

There was a drop in the number of U.K. furniture and furnishings companies filing for insolvency in the first quarter of 2020 but early April data has already overtaken the same month a year ago, with still a week to report.

Out-of-town home and furniture retailer Dunelm is heading to the High Street, with plans to open a small-format store with a new fascia in the South East of England.

Keen & Able, the specialist white-glove home delivery company, is resuming operations with an initial focus on supporting customers to unwind their existing order books.

Sales climbed at Knowsley furniture maker Dams last year as it continued its programme of upgrading its factory and equipment across upholstery and cabinet production.

Lower turnover last year didn't prevent furniture wholesale group Seconique booking underlying EBIT up two-thirds. Net income advanced higher still on an annual basis after an upwards property valuation.

Prestige kitchen brand Poggenpohl could have a third owner in as many years after the company filed for a German insolvency process similar to administration.

The new owner of the 90,000sqft Greater Manchester superstore of independent furniture retailer Cousins has timetabled its plans for the site and disclosed the value of its investment in the property.



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